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Ronald A. Cabanayan

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How might your sibling qualify to come to the United States?

If you’re a first-generation American, then there’s a strong chance that while you might be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident, you likely have close relatives such as parents, spouses, children or siblings who are foreign nationals. You might have built your life here in America and have high hopes of your family members doing the same.

Fortunately, there are visas that may apply to the situation. This includes parents, spouses, children and siblings. The most common visa class that might allow these individuals to come here is on a preference immigrant visa. 

U.S. citizens’ adult siblings are seldom spoken about when it comes to how they might qualify to come to the U.S. How that process might work is described below. 

Citizenship matters when you want to bring your sibling here

You must be a U.S. citizen to bring an adult brother or sister to the U.S. Even still, the chances that your sibling may be given a visa to come to the U.S. are slim. One of the reasons this may be the case is because siblings are given fourth preference status, after your kids or spouse. Your brother or sister may have to apply for this visa class a few different times before immigration officials ultimately approve such a request. 

Even if your sibling does qualify for this visa, it doesn’t mean that the process won’t come with complications. Your sibling likely won’t be able to have their spouse or children come over with them, especially if they qualify for a preference immigrant visa. Instead, they’ll have to wait until they secure permanent residency or citizenship and have their significant other or children apply for the appropriate visa class to join them here. 

Applying for a visa isn’t challenging. Knowing which one to apply for and the documentation that you’ll need to give yourself a fighting chance can seem daunting. It can take a long time for immigration officials to process your request, so you’ll want to ensure you do things right on the first try for the best possible outcome.